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Renewable Energy for Remote Communities Program

Delivered by Coast Funds and the Fraser Basin Council under the CleanBC Plan

As part of CleanBC, the Province of B.C.’s Renewable Energy for Remote Communities (RERC) Program will assist remote communities in B.C. to reduce their reliance on diesel by funding the capital costs of renewable electricity projects. The program is designed to complement other initiatives that assist remote communities as they undertake energy planning, increase energy efficiency, and decarbonize their energy systems.



Program Overview

The RERC Program is a key part of the Province’s Remote Community Energy Strategy (RCES), announced in the CleanBC Plan. The Strategy targets the 22 largest diesel generating stations in B.C. and aims to reduce province-wide diesel consumption for generating electricity in remote communities by 80 per cent by 2030.

On behalf the Province, the Fraser Basin Council and Coast Funds will provide up to $16.5 million to remote communities to develop renewable electricity projects. Coast Funds is responsible for delivering the RERC Program with First Nations located in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii regions. The Fraser Basin Council is responsible for delivering the RERC Program with all other remote communities in B.C.

Program Purpose

The program will support renewable electricity projects by funding construction activities such as engineering, contract labour, equipment for project construction, training, technology procurement, and associated materials.

Program Details

Program details will be announced in December 2019. Over the next month, FBC and Coast Funds will engage in discussions with remote communities about the design of the RERC program. Program guides and application forms will then be made available on the Coast Funds and FBC websites.

RERC Eligible Communities

The RERC program will be administered by the Fraser Basin Council for these communities.

Anahim Lake

Dease River



Fort Ware

Good Hope Lake



Jade City

Lhoosk’uz Dene

Nimpo Lake


Port Clements

Queen Charlotte City


Skidegate Landing

Telegraph Creek



Toad River

Tsay Keh Dene

Xeni Gwet’in

The RERC program will be administered by Coast Funds for these communities.

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For communities where the program is administered by by Coast Funds: please visit the Coast Funds website for more information contacts.

For communities where the program is administered by the Fraser Basin Council: please contact:

Jim Vanderwal
Senior Program Manager, Climate Change & Air Quality
C: 604 897-5350 | E:

Eliana Chia
Program Lead, Climate Change & Energy Resilience
T: 604 488-5377 | E:

Learn about additional clean energy funding programs available for communities on the Province of BC's List of Funding Opportunities for Clean Energy Projects Led by First Nations and Local Governments.

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Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351